Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | August 14, 2017

Picoblog Question – 2017 – Post #10

Picoblog Question – 2017 – Post #10

How can an individual participate in the healing of a divided nation?

My two cents, but please share yours:

This isn’t easily done, but a determined individual can accomplish these steps.

  • Step 1  –  Select a group you disagree with, perhaps even hate.
  • Step 2  –  Strip this group of all its labels and adjectives (elitist, bigot, flyover-country resident, deplorable, etc.).
  • Step 3  –  Select at random an individual from this group and focus on them.
  • Step 4  –  See this individual–really see them–and recognize that they are unique in this world.
  • Step 5  –  Think for five minutes about how this individual was born with the same personal rights (life, liberty, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, etc.) and the same economic needs (food, water, shelter, etc.) as every other human being.
  • Step 6  –  Consider for five minutes what rights and needs this individual may be lacking and how this shortfall may be motivating their thoughts, speech, and actions.
  • Step 7  –  Select four more individuals from the group you disagree with (preferably with slightly different motivations than the first person or each other). Repeat all of the above steps for each of these four folks. By this point, a small amount of empathy for, not agreement with, this group should be developing.
  • Step 8  –  Move on to another disliked group, and repeat steps 1-7.

At some point along this journey, inner healing begins, the anger inside starts to dissipate, and ideas for finding common ground emerge.


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